October Reading Roundup
The Reader (Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold) by Traci Chee
I loved this book so much! I heard the author speak at a panel at the Berkeley Book Festival earlier this year. Her description of the series – wild west meets pirates in a world where no one knows how to read – didn’t make a lot of sense so I delayed reading it. But that description does not do the book justice. Although the world of the book doesn’t have books it has a rich oral tradition of storytelling. When you sprinkle in magic and one very special book the result is spell binding. As I drew closer to the end I put it down for a bit because I didn’t want for it to be over. I loved the main characters, Sefia and Archer. I loved the jungle settings. I even loved the time spent on Captain Reed’s ship, although I am not generally a fan of anything seafaring. Incredibly well done. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Another author panel book. A dark fairy tale about a girl, Emelina, who comes from kingdom, Ruina, that has been destroyed. Her family was murdered, except for her sister who was taken prisoner by the neighboring kingdom of Lera. Now, she poses as the girl destined to marry Lera’s Prince, Casimir, so she can rescue her sister and bring Lera down from the inside. The premise has so much potential, but I can see a lot of ways for it to fail. Fortunately it succeeds. I thought it would be a little too dark for my taste, but I was pleasantly surprised. Emelina burrowed her way into my heart and would not let go. She is so broken, but also a beautiful character. I really rooted for her and will definitely pick up the sequel to see what happens to her.
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
A time bending thief, Gilded Age New York, and a wall that traps all magic users on the island of Manhattan. Maxwell weaves a long and twisting tale in a beautifully painted world. I love her writing. I like that she takes her time in telling a story, while still keeping me on the edge of my seat with her action sequences. The twist I did not see coming was an added bonus. I look forward to the sequel.